Rex Burkhead

Rex Burkhead

Height: 5' 10"Weight: 215 lbsAge: 28College: NebraskaDrafted: #190 (6th Rd. by Cincinnati)

2018 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
2nd easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #64
Best / Worst #24 / #265
ADP #75


Expert Note
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It seemed things were looking up for Burkhead after the Patriots let Dion Lewis walked and then signed the plodding Jeremy Hill to replace him. That didn't last long, as the Patriots snagged three-down running back Sony Michel at the end of the first-round, showing just how much they felt it was a need. Burkhead is likely to stay in the role he had last year, though the production should dip, as he scored a touchdown on a league-leading 8.5 percent of his touches. By comparison, the NFL average for running backs is 2.85 percent. Still, Burkhead makes for a solid flex-option who has RB2 potential if Michel doesn't pan out. The fact that Michel is missing part of training camp with a knee issue bodes well for Burkhead, who should start the year as a top-20 play at the running back position.

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Rex Burkhead preparing for key role in Patriots' offense

Writer Bernd Buchmasser of The Pats Pulpit website believes that Rex Burkhead could "play a big role in his second year with the Patriots." Burkhead played just 17.1% of offensive snaps last season, but he totaled over 500 scrimmage yards and found the end zone a massive eight times, ranking second on the team.

Fantasy Impact

Burkhead could be a thorn in the side of Sony Michel fantasy owners this season if he locks up the goal line back role on one of the league's most fantasy-friendly offenses. It's hard to see Burkhead in a consistent week-to-week role unless Michel is relegated to the bench with fumbling issues (or misses time with an injury). Burkhead is a nice pick in best ball formats because of his touchdown potential, but after the Patriots invested first-round capital in Sony Michel in the NFL draft, Burkhead will probably be playing second fiddle most weeks, making for tough start/sit decisions in seasonal fantasy leagues.

ECRBestWorst# of Experts
DraftRB #26RB #13RB #5187
Dynasty RB #42RB #28RB #7937
Running Backs#30#27#35#27#39
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Rush AttRush YdsRush TdsRecsRec YdsRec TdsFumblesPoints
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Rush YdsRush TdsRecsPoints
Last Week12117.7
Last 3 Weeks32.71.3313.8
Season to Date26.40.5310
Game Log
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OPPRush YdsRush TdsRecsPoints
Week 15@ PIT12117.7
Week 14@ MIA81511.3
Week 13@ BUF782322.3
Week 12vs. MIA501217.3
Strength of Schedule
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Next Gamevs. HOU3rd easiest opponent
Next 3 GamesJAC, DET, MIA6th easiest opponents
Playoffs (?)MIA, PIT, BUF6th easiest opponents
Rest of Season--5th easiest remaining opponents